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3 May 2019

13 Ways on How To Find Hidden Spyware on Android Smartphone


If you’re looking for ways on how to find hidden spyware on Android, then you’ve come to the right place.

Every smartphone, tablet, and other smart electronic device comes with premium hardware and software features. Because of this, users tend to use their computer less to a point that some ended up not needing computers anymore.

Android devices nowadays can almost do anything that a regular Windows PC can. While smartphones are becoming similar to computers in usability, Android spyware and viruses are becoming more prevalent.

At this point, you may already possess more private information on your phone than you do on your PC. Privacy is one of the biggest issues on smartphones and if you’re wondering whether someone is tracking your phone or spying on your phone, then continue reading.

How To Find Hidden Spyware on Android

There are many spying apps, and people can easily install them on the phones of other users in order to monitor them.

Understanding what these spying services can do is necessary for detecting spyware and knowing how to get rid of it. In this post, we’ll share with you several tips that can indicate that your phone is being tracked or spied on, and what can be done about it.

1. Unusual Strange Phone Behavior

One of the most common ways to detect spyware is to check for odd or strange behavior from your phone. If there is spyware or tracking software installed on your phone, chances are, your phone will act differently.

Observe if your phone lights up on its own, shutting down automatically or make strange sounds.

Find apps on your phone that you don’t remember installing. Clicking on malicious links elsewhere, such as a spam email, could be inviting these onto your phone inadvertently.

Rooted phones are more susceptible to these attacks and unusual behavior. Change your passwords frequently.

Some nefarious apps will piggy-back onto ones that may seem safe (for example, Godless malware), and back in the days of Jelly Bean exploits were found that allowed remote installation of apps via script injection. These exploits have since been patched, but hackers are always looking for new ways in. It’s always a race to see who can find exploits and either take advantage or secure the breach.

“Can these behaviors have other causes as well?“

Definitely, and those causes may have absolutely nothing to do with spyware.

2. Unusual Battery Drain

Another useful way to find out whether someone is spying on your phone is an increase in battery usage. After using a phone for a couple of weeks, most people become familiar with battery patterns and know their average battery life. If your phone is suddenly experiencing sub-par battery life for no tangible reason, it could be spyware. Spyware and tracking apps can drain your phone’s battery, especially if they’re running constantly.

Battery Statistics

It could also be an older battery, a new app you installed that’s running perpetually in the background, or a malfunctioning battery. If your phone is heating up for no discernible reason when it is idle, the same rules apply. It could be spyware, but most modern malware has improved in this area, so consider other causes as well.

3.Noise During Phone Calls

Look for unusual noise or sounds during phone calls. If you hear beeps or any other sounds during phone calls, then this can mean your calls are being recorded. Call recording apps can make such noises.

Also, if the call quality has suddenly worsened, this can also mean that your phone calls are being recorded. Static or feedback can be signs. However, it might also mean that you simply have a bad connection or that your phone isn’t handling calls well. The world isn’t always a sinister place; but its parts, including carriers and cell phones, have no shortage of problems.

4. Random Reboots And Shut Downs

Spyware and tracking apps can cause random reboots and shutdowns on Android devices. If you believe that your phone’s software is stable and updated, then random reboots or shutdowns can mean your phone has spyware software installed. An unstable third-party app might also be causing this.
Rebooting

In order to be certain, uninstall the app that you think is causing the random shutdowns. If you still experience random reboots and shutdowns, then your phone might be being tracked or spied on.

5. Look For Strange Text Messages

Some spyware apps can send strange text messages on phones with different codes or symbols. If you’re receiving such texts on your Android smartphone, then there is a chance your phone is being spied on or tracked.
Stagefright Detector

Stagefright is an all-too-recent example, although it used a video text for its exploit. It was a vulnerability identified and almost entirely addressed without seeing much use by hackers, luckily. If it still freaks out you out, use the app below to make sure you don’t have it on your phone.

6. High Data Usage

This is also a really useful factor in determining whether your phone has spyware or tracking software installed. Spyware apps can use a lot of data to send out your phone’s information and an increase in your phone’s data usage can also mean that your phone is being spied on. It could also mean that you are spending more time online, so don’t forget to consider all the factors.
Make sure that you monitor your phone’s data usage regularly to find out about any unusually high usage in data. For an app that will help you do this, try My Data Manager below.

7. Sounds When Your Phone Is Not In Use

When your phone is idle, it shouldn’t make any sort of sound. If you’re hearing sounds when you’re not using your phone, it could mean that your phone is being spied on. If you want to eliminate both the possibility of spyware and also rogue apps causing the noises, perform a factory reset. If your phone is rooted, flash stock firmware. And don’t disregard OS updates. This will solve a lot of these problems.

8. Delay In Shut Down

Try shutting down your phone several times during the day. Android devices usually shut down quickly, but if your phone is taking an unusually long time shutting down, then this can suggest that someone is monitoring and controlling your phone. Or it could also be an app chewing up resources, an actual hardware problem, or a faulty/corrupted install.

9. Be App-Smart

Be wary of pirated apps. Advertisers collect data about your through ad/app bundles. Read what permissions an app requires you grant, and decide if it’s worth it. Watch for clones of legitimate apps and websites. A new technique, called smishing, creates an overlay on top of banking log-ins so that it can steal your information. Ensure you are on a secure site (the IP address starts with HTTPS instead of HTTP) when you enter sensitive information.


App Smart

Third-party apps can be awesome, but they also haven’t undergone the same amount of scrutiny that app stores like Google Play or Amazon put their apps through. And some bad apps do slip through on these sites as well before they are detected. If you experience issues with an app, get rid of it and reboot. If you still are having problems, start over with a factory reset.

10. PopUps

Ironically, a popup that warns about impending doom on your Android, can infect your phone with malware itself. The more you click these dialogue windows, the more possibility you will be redirected to a shady place or click on something deceptive. Never run a .exe or flash file that you aren’t sure about. A lot of advertising popups aren’t malware per se, but sometimes there’s a fine line between advertisements and malware, hence the terms — adware and malvertising.


PC Error Message

If a popup proclaims that you’ve won something that’s too good to be true; it probably is. Ads are annoying anyway, and there are a few apps you can download to block them like Adblock Browser for Android. These apps tend to be more effective if you are rooted.

Popups can be a sign of an existing infection, that wants to gain more privileges or information from you.

11. Check Suspicious Files

If you have a file manager installed on your phone, look for any suspicious files or folders created on your phone. If you find some new files and folders you know for a fact you didn’t install as part of an app or anything else, then there’s a chance your phone has tracking or spyware software installed.

Occasionally, you might be lucky enough to find phone numbers or emails that will lend a clue as to who is doing the tracking, but be certain before you assume and accuse.

12. Phone Suddenly Became So Slow

If your phone has suddenly become really slow for no obvious reasons at all, then there’s a risk that your phone is being monitored and controlled. Don’t leave your phone unattended around someone you don’t trust, use encryption, or at the very least, a lock screen.

13. Who’s Doing the Spying or Tracking?

Remember earlier when we said that the world isn’t always a sinister place? It isn’t, but there are some crappy people that do crappy things. What motivates them to take the time out of their day and expend the effort?

Spyware Anonymous


Most likely they:
presume you have something they want,
feel passionate about gaining your personal information (e.g. cheating spouse),
need to satisfy an addiction (but hackers/phreakers still need the effort to result in something worthwhile),
employ an app or method targeting a larger population segment,
or perhaps, employ you.
There isn’t a great way to identify the person doing the spying, because information can be redirected several times to several places. Your best bet is to prevent or get rid of the spyware.

Conclusion

No user wants viruses, tracking apps or spyware installed on his/her Android smartphone, but hackers are finding it increasingly worthwhile to put it there. The first step in fixing this issue is to check for spyware. Use the tips mentioned above to check whether there are spyware and tracking software installed on your phone, and if so, get rid of it.

Source: JoyOfAndroid

23 August 2018

Apple vs. Android, Which Side Are You On?

Apple vs Android. A debate that has been around for the better part of the decade. A debate that eclipses all others including Cox Internet Plans vs Comcast Internet Plans, mayo vs peanut butter and Coke vs Pepsi. Its often very hard to answer any of those questions. People choose on over the other based on their personal preferences. As iOS users and they are loyal to Apple. Ask Android users and they maintain it’s the best user experience. In this blog, we won’t be promoting one over the other. Instead we will be looking at certain key areas and how both Apple and Android perform in those areas.


Security

Security is an area in which Apple has the clear advantage. Its not completely impregnable but last year only 0.7% of global malware threats were aimed at iOS. This is partly due to the fact Android has more users but also due to the fact that Android is an easier target. Android users also tend to not be regular about updating their device, leaving it vulnerable to hackers. 

Customizability 

This one is a win for Android. Androids offer customizability in everything from lock screens to fonts. You can add or remove widgets as you please, changing the interface according to your preference. Each Android manufacturer has its own specific ‘flavor’ of the operating system, but all are fully customizable. Android allows you to tailor the user experience to your taste. On the other hand, its much harder to customize your experience on iOS since Apple holds its control measures very close. 

App Quality

Apple wins overall in the quality of apps you can download. Many apps are not available on Google Play due to concerns over piracy. Apple also has a stringent guidelines developers have to follow before getting their app approved. This ensures a measure of quality control across all the apps available on the Appstore. Apps on iOS tend to run smoothly, with fewer bugs and crashes than Android apps which don’t have the same quality. Android apps tend to have less effort involved in them because Android users tend to prefer free apps. 

Privacy

Privacy is a key area in which Apple is the clear winner. Apple has always been providing end-to-end encryption for iMessage, passcodes and fingerprints that are hard to break. Additionally with Touch ID, Apple became the first smartphone manufacturer to use Secure Enclave in its processors. Essentially, Secure enclave is a subsection of the processor which stores fingerprints and other security data. What this means is that if you own an iPhone 5s or above, Apple itself cannot break into your phone. 

Usability

This one is sort of a tie between the two. For someone who’s going through their first smartphone experience, Apple would probably seem to be the most user friendly. An average person accumulates around 20 plus apps and games on their phone which can affect user experience in Android phones. Too many apps can cause Android phones to become laggy and crash-prone. Apple keeps your phone running the same way it did on the first day even if you have 100 apps. Then again, Android offers the better user experience with its flexible interface controls. No clear winner here, its all dependent on what fits best with you.

Pricing

Android wins it when it comes to pricing. Android phones are much cheaper than Apple by far. Apple only has a small number of good phones and they are available at higher prices. Conversely, Android manufacturers tend to come out with smartphones of varying price ranges. When buying an Android phone, you can choose one according to the budget you have.

Innovative Hardware

Android is again the winner is in this category. Since there is fierce competition amongst Android manufacturers, they tend to go the extra mile to differentiate their brand. This has resulted in a range of innovative hardware features that you cant find in iPhones. Some examples are VR sets, IR blasters and dual SIM capabilities.

Specs

This is again an area in which Android is the clear winner. Android takes the lead in specifications like display resolution and touch screens like the AMOLED display. This makes for much clearer and sharper displays. Android phones also have better camera quality, storage capability and battery life than iPhones. With the advent of NFC, Android have stepped up their compatibility game when it comes to interacting with devices nearby.

There are tons of other areas in which the two popular operating systems compete. Both have specific strengths and weaknesses. While this blog can’t conclusively settle this debate, it hopefully gave you useful information to make your own decision. That means we can now shift our focus to other debates, such as the Frontier vs Comcast one.

Author Bio:


Stephen N. Mills is an entrepreneur, marketer, and writer. As San Francisco resident, he loves reading books and writing on different topics like SEO, Branding, Health and etc. That's where he finds his inspiration to author in-depth guides that teach E-commerce store owners ways to manage, grow and scale their business. In a former life, Stephen co-founded a custom menswear company which generates 6-figures in annual revenue through its website and retail

30 October 2014

How to Use WhatsApp on PC

Now a days everyone is using WhatsApp on its mobile phone. The popularity of WhatsApp is increasing day by day. So if you are not carrying your phone, you can stuck without WhatsApp.
WhatsApp
WhatsApp
There are several factors why you'd want to use WhatsApp on a PC operating Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8. Verifying your phone is a diversion that you might want to prevent while working. It's undesirable to change to another system just to deliver a number of fast information. And if you've missing your phone, then you might want a fast way to message people and let them know. Regardless of what your factors are, you can run WhatsApp on a PC. Check out now here :

Also see : How to Use Android Apps on PC

WhatsApp on PC
WhatsApp on PC

Follow the following steps to install the WhatsApp on your PC :

  1. First of all, you have system’s minimum requirements for installing the app player called "BlueStacks" and you must have the internet connection to install this player.
  2. You must have a mobile no. so that you can verify it with account on WhatsApp.
  3. Download this BlueStacks app player from here.
  4. After that install this app player on your PC. It takes about 10 to 15 minutes depending speed of your internet. Because it download several related files directly from internet.
  5. After installing just search the whatsapp in search bar of BlueStcks and install it or download the apk file of whatsapp from here.
  6. Double-click the WhatsApp.apk file which is saved on your PC. The app will automatically install itself in BlueStacks App Player.
  7. Enter your phone number and click Verify.
  8. Now wait for 5 minutes as WhatsApp tries to automatically verify using SMS.
  9. After 5 minutes, WhatsApp will offer you an option for verification through Voice call. Just Click Call me.
  10. And finally here you successfully installed WhatsApp on your PC
Please Note : You can only have one device at a time connected to your Whatsapp account (i.e. either your phone or PC)

27 October 2014

How to Use Android Apps on PC

Android OS is almost everywhere. You can now find Android in mobile phones, multiple gadgets, wearable gadgets such as watches, equipment for the house and soon the OS will be a part of vehicles too. So now if you want to use android apps on PC then the solution is only - BlueStacks. We feel that Bluestacks is fast, efficient and easy to use, making it the only choice for most customers. Here's how to get it on your PC.

BlueStacks App Player
BlueStcks App Player

Step to Install BlueStcks on PC :

  • First you have to go to BlueStacks website to download this or just click here to get this software.
  • Now start the installation computer file and follow on-screen guidelines to set up Bluestacks. The guidelines are very simple, similar to setting up any other program on your PC. 
  • Run the Bluestacks when the setup is finished. Just simply choose the "Close" key when you see the any pop-up to start Bluestacks.
  • Now you'll see a screen in which Android is up and running. Click the big search icon at the top > type the name of the app > select "Search Play for..." to get the apps from Google Play.

Also Look : Top 5 Android Apps for 2014

  • You'll have to log in using your Gmail account once to perform for applications. Once that is done, you can set up most activities and applications - some, which depend on a working SIM card for verification, such as WhatsApp, Candy Crush etc.
  • Installing applications is simple. Just use the look for key on the home screen and just click Search Play for, as described in Step 4. This will open Google Play, where you can click "Install" to get the app.
  • Bluestacks is an Android app player so you can synchronize set up applications between your PC and Android if needed.
Here finally you have an app player to use all the Android apps on your PC.

Also See : Android or iOS: Which is The Best Operating System?

12 October 2014

How Flexible Is the Future of Smartphones? The LG G Flex Arrives End of January

If a curved-face smartphone is the beacon signal for the forthcoming wave of the future in technology, consider January 31st to be a day of revolution as this is when your local store shelves will be officially stocked with the spacey new mobile device known as the LG G Flex courtesy of Sprint. The G Flex has been gleaning a lot of attention for some time now as many global tech-hungry critics are seemingly stimulated by its curvaceous body. And, aside from the Samsung Galaxy Round which sports its own catchy curves, though it bends horizontally instead of vertically like the G Flex, Sprint’s new flexi 4G smartphone attraction is basically a flagship, the very first of its kind. No other phone has utilized a flexible display screen, and this has strong potential to turn the tables in the mobile device world. Are your ears perked? Well, it might be a good idea to see what all the fuss is about and if this new smartphone is truly up to snuff as it’s claimed to be. 

 

The First of Its Kind?

While the LG G Flex is not the first to do so, it is one of the first smartphones to adopt a bendable OLED display surface with the objective of taking curved screen technology to another level. On a practical side, it also makes sense that a curved screen would feel more comfortable against one’s face, especially if the user happens to be ‘on the horn’ constantly or as a necessity. There is also the popular claim that with its curved screen, the G Flex diminished pesky screen reflections while users are enjoying videos, skimming through photos and catching up on the latest news as they read over the headlines. And while the phone itself is not actually ‘bendable,’ so to speak, the LG G Flex does remarkably endure being flattened out when pushed down against a flat, hard surface. Of course, you wouldn’t want to push this to the limits. It is still ultimately a fairly delicate piece of technology. 
LG Flex

Enticing Additions

If you’re hoping to be one of the first hands-on users of this fancy new gadget, be aware that preorders already started just a few days ago and the phones will begin shipping on January 31st and hitting store shelves by February 7th. Sprint’s version of the LG G Flex will boast Sprint Spark which is an upgraded LTE connection touting data rates supposedly as fast as up to 60 megabits per second. Two year contracts are currently priced at $299.99. Preordering the G Flex online will also get you the Quickwindow Folio Case for free. This is pretty enticing since the Folio Case costs $60 on its own.

The Specifics

If you’re wondering about the brass tax technical specifics, the LG G Flex is power-driven by a 2.26GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor offering 2GB of RAM, as well as a 6-inch curved OLED screen and flashy 1280 x 720 resolution. The G Flex’ rear camera takes more-than-decent 13-megapixel resolution photos and its front camera snaps shots with 2.1 megapixels. Shipping with Android’s new 4.2.2 Jelly Bean software, and the G Flex even flaunts scratch-resistant resin on its back.
LG Flex Image

Is It Worth the Purchase?

Currently retailing at approximately $940, this fancy new device will not necessarily be easy on your wallet, and it might not exactly be living up to many optimistic users’ expectations if the overall consensus of online critics are sincere in their reviews. So, it’s worth noting that the potential return on investment for the LG G Flex might turn out to be fairly low, especially for what could arguably be considered as a high-end item. It’s encouraged that interested buyers try to get their hands on this phone before making the purchase-leap. It would be a shame to spend a good deal of money on something that isn’t more than a simple novelty. 

About Author

Ezra Melino is an all-around-geek turned serious blogger out of North Carolina who not-so-secretly relishes an in-print love affair with everything from technology and multimedia entertainment to film and dish tv. He has written for and managed multiple tech blogs that are devoted to exploring new technological developments all around the world.